At a Glance
JAMES T. FLEMING, Commissioner
Jonathan Holmes, Deputy Commissioner
David O’Hearn, Deputy Commissioner
Established - 1987
Statutory authority – CGS Chapters 59 and 60, 4b-1 et seq.
Central office -
Number of permanent full-time employees – 182
Recurring operating expenses – $55 million
Organizational structure - Office of the Commissioner; Facilities Management; and Design and Construction.
To be the leader in providing quality facilities and in delivering cost-effective, responsive, timely services to state agencies in the areas of planning, design, construction, facilities management, leasing, property disposition and security. With our diverse, competent workforce, to partner with our customers and industry providers, to make the best use of the state’s resources.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for the design and construction of nearly all major state facility capital projects, leasing and property acquisitions for most state agencies, facility management, maintenance and security of state buildings in the greater Hartford area as well as certain properties outside of the Hartford area, and the administrative functions of establishing and maintaining security standards for certain state facilities and surplus property statewide.
The department also assists agencies and departments with long-term facilities planning and the preparation of cost estimates for such plans.
DPW provides facility-related services to
the majority of
During fiscal year 2005-06, DPW completed several significant construction projects including:
A new addition
and renovations at Southern Connecticut State University’s Engleman Hall
classroom building in
A new Child and
A new Appellate
Court at the restored and renovated
A newly restored
A newly restored
and improved Kent Falls State Park Scenic Trail and Overlook in
Two major projects that were developed and
administered through design and construction by DPW have earned LEED
certification (“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”) from the U.S.
Green Building Council. DPW earned this
distinction for its work involving two completed dormitory projects: Centennial Hall at
DPW was recognized by
the Hartford Preservation Alliance on May 10, 2006 for its exceptional contributions
to architectural preservation in
In January 2006, DPW announced that the site
selected for the new Litchfield County Courthouse is the Timken property, the
former Torrington Company facilities at
DPW continues to focus efforts on the review of the construction and consultant selection processes, with emphasis on incorporating best practices, achieving transparency and ensuring integrity in each selection process.
A major legislative enactment during the fiscal year, Public Act 06-134, enabled DPW to enter into Construction Manager at Risk Contracts. In a construction manager at risk project, during a project’s design phase, DPW hires a firm with construction management experience through a quality-based selection process to manage the entire construction process including the awarding of prime contractors through a competitive sealed bid process. This delivery method is designed to produce a more manageable and predictable project that saves time and money.
In the Facilities Management division, numerous environmental surveys were performed to identify and correct deficiencies. The Request for Proposals (RFP) process to select a vendor for a computer-aided facilities management system in conjunction with the Department of Information Technology has been completed. Financial controls involving the standardization of billing submittals from property management firms have been implemented. In addition, the reassignment and database compilation of all major Hartford DPW parking lots was completed during the fiscal year. In February 2006 DPW received a snow emergency reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
During fiscal year 2005 –
2006, the leasing and property transfer unit’s portfolio consisted of
approximately 2.8 million square feet of office space for 80 state agencies.
There are 240 leases and another 60 lease-outs for a total of 300 lease
agreements. During the fiscal year,
three leasing agents handled more than 100 different projects including the
signing of key agreements involving expanded office space for the Department of
Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in
The property transfer unit
handled many significant projects during the year, including the contract
between the state and the Town of
In addition to completing leases and property transfers, the unit also completed its draft of the department’s leasing regulations. In conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, the State Properties Review Board and the Office of Policy and Management, the unit revised the state standard lease making it more agreeable to lessors while still protecting the state’s interests. The leasing unit also initiated a series of informational sessions for the agencies it serves, explaining the leasing process from start to finish. The unit’s goal is to facilitate future leasing needs by ensuring that agencies know the proper procedures.
During the year, DPW re-designed its website to help achieve the department’s vision: to create a work environment for state agencies that supports and enhances accomplishment of their missions. The updated website emerged from discussions related to DPW meeting the needs of client state agencies and its partners in the consultant and contractor community. The site now includes a new home page with expanded content and easier navigation. DPW services are delineated and important forms and publications are included for each service area, as well as contact information. Work opportunities for consultants, contractors, property managers and lessors are presented more clearly with electronic access to legal notices, RFP’s and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ’s). Selection and bidding results are now being published as well. New manuals and instructions have been technologically enhanced, and directories have been reformatted and updated. The publications and forms sections now serve as a single repository of important documents that are clearly identified and easily accessible.
DPW’s security unit
continued to improve the overall level of security for state employees,
clients, visitors, and assets of the State of
The Department of Public Works’ 2005 Affirmative Action Plan was approved by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities at its May 2006 Commission meeting. At the time the plan was approved, the agency’s workforce consisted of 174 full-time employees. Of those represented, 57.5 percent were white males; 23.0 percent were white females and 19.5 percent were minorities.
The Department is committed to the principles and practices of affirmative action and strives to increase the representation of women and minorities through providing opportunities for upward mobility, and promoting small and minority-owned businesses through a strong contract compliance program.